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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 26, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Cook county reports the divorce
epidemic as becoming alarming. An
average of 5,500 divorces are being
recorded yearly.
In an effort to reach some solution
of the problem County Clerk Robert
M. Sweitzer recently appointed Pat
rick J. J. McCarthy to the newly-created
position of marriage and diyorce
McCarthy has made a careful study
of the problem and he has come to
the conclusion, based on research,
that more than 50 per cent of the
divorces are caused by low wages.
"The average American laborer is
a well-paid man to those of other
countries," said McCarthy. "But his
wages reach a very small way in pay
ing for today's necessities which
were luxuries ten years ago."
"There are 5,500 divorces granted
in Chicago every year, and only one
group out of every hundred own their
own home. The average family can
not live within its income and for this
reason in many of the cases no ali
mony is all allowed."
McCarthy also made the startling
declaration that it was the first baby
that usually made the newly-wed
family bankrupt
"Marriage boosters who constant
ly quote that 'Two can live cheaper
than one' seem to forget the amend
ment that 'three cannot live cheaper
than two.' The added expense fre
quently forces the father in debt. The
wife urges him to make more money.
They quarrel and divorce.
"Let us hope that some day a law
will be passed which will grant the
mother a pension for every child in
stead of investigating to see if she
is destitute first as the Illinois
Mothers' Pensions law provides."
In compiling the report the mar
riage license clerk's office it was
found that the licenses had fallen far
short of the normal increase. There
is usually a gain of 3,000 a year, but
from present appearances the num
ber issued this year is likely to fall
below the average.
"In the history of this office there
has been only one year in which the
licenses issued fell below those issued
the preceding one," said Louis Leg
ner, chief of the marriage license bu
reau. "This was in 1908 the year
folowing the panic when the num
ber issued was 3,000 less than the
preceding year. The number issued
in 1907 was 26,724 and in 1908 23,
755. The business conditions today
are somewhat similar to what they
were then."
Eddie Jackson, well-known pick
pocket, is talking. This information
which was told in The Day Book sev
eral days ago is now announced defi
nitely. He is said to have told Hoyne
about giving protection money to
coppers in Barney Bertsche's old sa
loon in the temporary City Hall.
He is also reported to have given
Hoyne the names of several detec
tives who are claimed to have been
taking money from crooks and let
ting them work unheeded. Jackson
is now in Joliet penitentiary.
Att'y Charles E. Erbstein, repre
senting Bill Egan, appeared in Judge
GemmiU's court this morning and de
manded a change of venue for both
Egan and his partner, Serg't Skip
Monahan. Gemmill refused Erb
stein's request, but advised the law
yer to put the'proposition up to Chief
Justice Olson.
State's Att'y Hoyne announced to
day that he would make out com
plaint against twelve policemen at
tached to the detective "bureau. They
will be accused of collusion with
George Ruckanski, 1637 N. Wood
st, suicide. Gas, Out of worfc

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